I specialise inÂ Sikh and Hindu Wedding photography in Berkshire (and in surrounding counties) but it is quite rare that I get to document both on the same day. In fact, the lovely Sabina and Sunit had three ceremonies on their wedding day as they also to choose to have their civil ceremony on the same day. It was a long day for you sure for everyone involved but full of fun and enjoyment.
My day started at the Gurdwara in Middlesex before the Sikh ceremony took place. It is tradition for the bride to arrive before the groom. The groom then arrives and after a short prayer, the families greet each other (Milni). Breakfast is then served and then the ceremony takes place, the marriage taking place as the bride and groom walk around the altar 4 times. It was a lovely ceremony, not as long as others that I have witnessed, perhaps in preparation of the long day that lay ahead. The guests then made their way to the windsor racecourse where the Hindu wedding ceremony and reception would take place.
It was a gorgeous sunny day and the guests gathered outside until everyone was ready for the ceremony. There are many rituals that are great to observe and the bride and groom also walk around the fire four times. After the ceremony it was finally time for some down time for the bride and groom and their guests. The close family was invited for the civil ceremony before heading back for the dancing and cutting of the cake. I really love asian weddings and in particular the dancing and the bhangra music. After the dancing, the close family was invited back to the bride’s home for the Doli, a small ceremony that signifies the moment went the daughter leaves the parental home. It can be a very emotional time.
Sunit and Sabina were lovely to work with and made me feel very welcome. Their families and friends welcomed me also which made it even easier for me to get close and capture images that I hope they will cherish for years to come. If you are looking forÂ Sikh and Hindu wedding photography in Berkshire, I would love to hear from you. Thank you for reading, I hope that you enjoyed this blog post, please feel free to leave me a comment below.